The Shield

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Khalilah Doss remembers a different campus when she came to USI as an undergraduate. Doss, who competed on the track and field team at McKendree University, noticed a large discrepancy in the number of buildings and people on campus when she came for an interview for the Vice President of Student Affai...

Finding new ways to offer help

Finding new ways to offer help

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Christina Zolezzi’s mother was hospitalized the summer before her freshman year of college. The sophomore nursing major said as she began college, she struggled with the burden of needing to speak with someone about what was happening in her life. This led Zolezzi to seek professional help from the ...

Letter to the editor: emotional support animals

January 25, 2018

Dear Editor: After reading the recent piece in The Shield about emotional support animals, the staff of the USI Counseling Center feel that it is our professional responsibility to share some important clarifying information with the campus community. We perceived the article as presenting a false dicho...

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 11, 2017

Students grasped ceramic mugs, hot tea swirling around their tired eyes Wednesday afternoon. College can be a time of high stress for some students. For international students, not only is the normal stress of college present, but they must also navigate learning a new language, becoming acclima...

Help is real, hope is real

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor

February 21, 2017

Reeling from personal loss, broken friendships, depression, and the transition of coming to college for the first time, Katie Biggs decided she no longer wanted to live. The junior psychology and creative writing major was a freshman when she was clinically diagnosed with depression. “I decided...



Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 17, 2016

President Linda Bennett announced at the beginning of the semester that the university will focus on the concept of “civility.” Bennett said this focus promotes healthy discussion despite critical differences in opinion, beliefs and culture. This week, The Shield explored the idea of political cor...

Collaboration to bring disease awareness

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

March 2, 2016

The Student Government Association and the university Counseling Center are collaborating to bring awareness to rare diseases that can have conditions that may be invisible. They will place silhouettes around campus that will inform students on the condition of the day and a ribbon of awareness ...

Sessions teach stress relief

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

February 16, 2016

The Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Support Services and the university Social Work Department are sponsoring “Mindful Mondays.” Each day is a chance to learn peace of mind techniques and stress relief skills. Sessions cover different aspects of ways of improving one’s ...

Faculty discusses outside speakers

Gabi Wy, News Editor

February 5, 2016

Faculty Senate wants to find the balance between protecting university students and protecting First Amendment Rights. Based on complaints concerning Campus Ministry USA’s visit to campus Dec. 7, Faculty Senate discussed a drafted policy addressing potentially offensive speakers on campus Friday...

Group promotes dialogue, not debate

Nick Leighty, Staff Writer

January 12, 2016

The “Voices of Discovery” group, beginning Feb. 4, aims to create a safe space on campus where students can voice their experiences without turning it into a debate. The group takes place every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the second floor of the UC for seven weeks. “The first week s...

‘It generally is of benefit to be out’

Bobby Shipman

October 8, 2014

The experience of “coming out of the closet” varies tremendously from person to person. Stephanie Cunningham, the outreach coordinator and staff therapist at the Counseling Center, said that depending on where a person is at geographically, developmentally and the people they are surrounded by...

New resources for disabled students

Jessica Stallings

April 17, 2013

Students with disabilities have a new ally at the university, as a disability resources coordinator position has been created and filled. Thomas Longwell, Counseling Center Director, said most universities have this position. “We’ve been thinking about having this position for a while,” Longwell ...

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